Vancouver residents who buy gas-powered vehicles after 2023 will face parking fees of up to $ 1,000 a year if the city goes ahead with its Climate Emergency Parking Program.
The city of Vancouver announced Monday that it is now seeking public feedback on the plan through July 5th.
Vancouver is looking at launching two parking initiatives by 2022 that could cost drivers more money depending on their vehicles. If approved, the changes are expected to generate about $ 60 million between 2022 and 2025, which would be used for climate control initiatives in the city.
The Climate Emergency Action Plan was approved in November 2020 with a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030. The city says motor vehicles account for 40 percent of Vancouver’s carbon emissions, and these are steps they hope to implement to reach CO2 – emissions reduction targets.
Under the step-by-step system, vehicles manufactured in 2022 and earlier or a specialized wheelchair vehicle will not pay additional fees. New electric or hybrid cars will also be exempt.
“When we [first] examined people in the first round of engagement, we heard really, really clearly that Vancouverites care about climate change. Ninety percent of the people who responded to our survey were concerned about climate change, “said Paul Storer, the city’s transportation director.
The city says this pollution tax is aimed at people who buy new cars and encourage the purchase of a non-polluting vehicle.
This means that most new gas-powered sports cars and small SUVs can expect an annual pollution charge of $ 500 under the new system. An annual fee of $ 1,000 will be charged by drivers of new polluting new vehicles like luxury sports cars and full pickup 2023 and newer.
“The goal of this is to encourage people when they buy a brand new vehicle to buy zero-emission or low-emission,” Storer said.
The second program that Vancouver broadcasts is overnight parking permits. The city is looking at charging drivers about $ 45 a year for this. The change would apply to residential streets in the city that do not already require permission.
“With this proposed program, Vancouver would join a number of cities around the world that have implemented pollution charges for residential parking, including Sydney, Australia and Montreal,” Storer said in a press release.
What does it mean?
In addition to the annual base fee of $ 45 per year for residents who park on the street overnight, the city seeks input from Vancouver residents to charge 3-day visitors to park from 10pm to 7am
“The overnight permit would allow us to apply the pollution tax throughout the city,” Storer said.
The city says the proceeds from these initiatives would be used to support initiatives for climate change action plans that include improving infrastructure for walking, rolling, cycling, transit, charging electric cars and green buildings. Officials say it can also help deal with local parking issues.
Sandy James, an urban planning consultant and director at Walk Metro Vancouver, said the proposal could affect tenants and people living in secondary suites without dedicated parking.
“In terms of limiting management, I don’t really know if that’s a problem in the city,” she said.
James said Vancouver’s plan is redundant because the province has already announced a ban on gas-powered vehicles by 2040.
Public consultation will take place until July 5, and the council is expected to make a decision in the autumn.
Residents can take the survey here.